Suit resolved for lawyers investigating alleged inmate abuse
BATON ROUGE - A settlement has resolved a lawsuit that accused Louisiana prison officials of blocking attorneys from investigating allegations of inmate abuse, including claims that mentally ill prisoners were forced to bark like dogs to get food.
A federal judge on Thursday signed off on the settlement agreement between prison officials and the Advocacy Center, a New Orleans-based nonprofit.
The 22-page agreement spells out procedures for lawyers to interview disabled prisoners and staff members at David Wade Correctional Center in Homer.
Attorneys visited the north Louisiana prison in June to investigate claims that inmates have been slapped, punched, kicked, sprayed with Mace and bleach and stripped of clothing during the winter.
The suit filed by the lawyers last month claims prison officials had prevented them from interviewing inmates and staff members.